Psychiatric Social Worker

Salary – $61,529.00 – $78,452.00 Annually
Location – 459 E First Street Fond du Lac, WI
Job Type – Full Time
Department – Department of Community Programs
Job Number – 0306PSYCHSW2023
Closing – 3/24/2023 4:30 PM Central


Under the general direction of the Clinical Coordinator of the Acute Psychiatric Hospital, provides direct psychiatric social work services to individuals and/or groups, with a diagnosis of severe and persistent mental illness and/or substance abuse issues. Provides education and therapeutic interventions with patients’ families and/or significant others.   Provides liaison services between patients and community agencies and completes assigned documentation.   Conducts psychosocial evaluations, provides therapy, and provides ongoing assessment of clients. Examples of Duties

The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.
   – Provides direct social work services to individuals and/or groups.  Obtains initial social history information, assists patients in obtaining available community services and provides placement after discharge.
   – Develops psychosocial evaluations, develops Treatment Plans and monitors their effectiveness.
   – Provides educational and therapeutic interventions including cognitive behavioral techniques, strength based approaches, develops recovery oriented goals, and utilizes trauma-informed care principles with patients’ families and/or significant others.  Provides information regarding diagnosis, symptoms, symptoms management, and community options.
   – Provides liaison services between patients and community agencies.  Assists patients with referrals to other agencies dependent upon client need.
   – Participates in development of multidisciplinary treatment plans using DSM-5 criteria. Typical Qualifications

Desirable Knowledge and Abilities:
 Knowledge of psychosocial evaluation techniques, special needs of the mentally ill, federal, state and county laws, rules and regulations affecting the mentally ill, community support agencies, and therapy techniques.  Ability to conduct interviews and assessments and make recommendations regarding diagnoses using DSM-5 criteria, administer psychosocial evaluations, evaluate evaluations, provide appropriate therapy, and interact effectively with patients and their families is required..  Has a working knowledge of Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 48, 51, 54, 55, and 938.
 Training and Experience:
 A Master’s degree in social work, psychology, or related field and 1-2 years of experience in an outpatient or inpatient mental health program.
 In evaluating candidates for this position, the County may consider a combination of education, training and experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Supplemental Information

Work Direction Received:
Daily activities are performed independently.  Under the clinical supervision of the Medical Director, consultation is also available by the Clinical Coordinator and the Director of Nursing.
 Supervision Exercised:
 There is no supervisory responsibility.
 Decision Making:
 Clinical decisions and decisions concerning provision of social work services and case management responsibilities are made independently.   Clinical Issues Program topics and programs are planned in consultation with the Director of Outpatient Mental Health Services. Ability to make DSM-5 diagnoses.  
Provides limited direct face-to-face (via walk-in clinic or mobile response) and telephone contact crisis intervention services.  Services include evaluation, crisis counseling, information and referral to a wide variety of collateral agencies, families and resources.  Social Worker responsible for arranging admission to an inpatient psychiatric facility for individuals subject to Chapter 51 detentions.  


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